All three of the contenders are small, compact, comfortable for a long day’s recording, and easy to carry. The days of heavyweight camcorders that are awkward to handle are long gone: today’s models weigh less than a pound and will fit into a large pocket or bag. The physically identical predecessor to Panasonic HC-V770K is the largest we tested—but that’s still not what you’d call huge. At 2.6 by 2.9 by 5.5 inches (about the size of a flashlight) and 13.8 ounces with our battery and SD card, it’ll fit into your coat without any struggling.
When using lenses designed for full-frame (FX) cameras on DX cameras, the lenses are magnified by 1.5x, making them useful for shooting distant subjects and sports. On an FX-format camera with a DX lens mounted, the camera will automatically engage its built–in DX crop mode, thus recording an image only from the center section of the sensor.
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Older digital camcorders record video onto tape digitally, microdrives, hard drives, and small DVD-RAM or DVD-Rs. Newer machines since 2006 record video onto flash memory devices and internal solid-state drives in MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 format. Because these codecs use inter-frame compression, frame-specific editing requires frame regeneration, additional processing and may lose picture information. Codecs storing each frame individually, easing frame-specific scene editing, are common in professional use.
With the larger sensor comes a shorter zoom. For the most part you’ll see models with short 2.9x (24-70mm) reach, or the slightly longer 4x lens (25-100mm). These lenses tend to capture a good amount of light throughout their range and the optics required to do that necessitate a large front element and short zoom range.
Parenting and lifestyle vloggers who want the portability and power of a small camcorder will love the Canon Vixia HF R72. This small but powerful camcorder gets rid of all the things vloggers don’t need but keeps all the things they do. Packed with a 57x advanced zoom, image stabilizer, WiFi, external mic port, and flip screen, this camera makes capturing quality video a breeze.
Thanks for the reply. it didn’t solve my problem in the way I had hoped! So I’ll try to rephrase my question in case that helps in getting me a clearer indication of what I might best do. Here goes: Are the alternative products you are looking at so clearly better in terms of price and product specs. that even someone in a hurry aught really to wait till you’ve finished your evaluation?
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What’s your opinion on filming in 720p? Is it a “waste” of the potential of the HC-V770? Or is it a pretty good format for recording? I’ve read that people prefer 720p over 1080i. And while 1080p is available (AVCHD) for the V770, it’s a bit too much for the Popcorn Hour C200 as well.
The exception is the Micro Four Thirds system, which is a lens format shared by Olympus and Panasonic, and utilized by more specialized cinema cameras made by companies like Blackmagic. The MFT sensor format is a 4:3 aspect ratio, as opposed to the 3:2 ratio used by most SLRs, and slightly smaller.
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Faster autofocus Unless you are shooting things that never move, autofocus is a big deal! Few things ruin a shot more than missed focus and fast autofocus helps minimize the chance of that happening. The better your autofocus (and the more adept you are at using it), the more “keepers” you will have. Learn more about how to control autofocus in All About Autofocus: Focus Area vs Focus Mode for Beginners.
Pro photographers are almost always shooting Canon or Nikon SLR systems, but there are some very capable alternatives out there. There are reasons that you see most working photographers using one of the two most popular systems—they include a solid bevy of pro-grade bodies and lenses, a strong support system backing that equipment, and the comfort that years of use brings. That’s not to say you can’t go another way. Sony makes a pro-level SLR and a few mirrorless cameras that fit the bill.
The USC Rossier School of Education goes further, insisting that all students purchase their own camcorder (or similar) as a prerequisite to their MAT education programs (many of which are delivered online). These programs employ a modified version of Adobe Connect to deliver the courses. Recordings of MAT student work are posted on USC’s web portal for evaluation by faculty as if they were present in class. Camcorders have allowed USC to decentralize its teacher preparation from Southern California to most American states and abroad; this has increased the number of teachers it can train.
Of course, where smartphone cameras really score is in the “smartphone” department: they’re computers, in essence, that are pop-in-the-pocket portable and always online. So not only are you more likely to capture chance photos (because you’re always carrying a camera), but you can instantly upload your snaps to the aptly-named Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. And that’s the real reason why smartphone cameras have surpassed old-school digitals: photography itself has changed from the digital-equivalent of the 19th-century Daguerreotype (itself a throwback to the portrait paintings of old) to something more off-the-cuff, immediate, and, of course, social. For the purposes of Facebook or Twitter, often viewed on small-screen mobile devices, you don’t need more than a couple of megapixels, at most. (Prove it yourself by downloading a hi-res image from Instagram or Flickr, and you’ll find it’s seldom more than a couple of hundred kilobytes in size and 1000 megapixels or less in each dimension, making less than one megapixel in total.) Even on better photo-sharing websites like Instagram and Flickr, most people will never be browsing your photos in multi-megapixel dimensions: they simply wouldn’t fit on the screen. So even if your smartphone doesn’t have masses of megapixels, it doesn’t really matter: most people flicking through your photos on their smartphones won’t notice—or care. Social media means never having to say you’re sorry you forgot your DSLR and only had your iPhone!
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In 2010, after the success of James Cameron’s 2009 3D film Avatar, full 1080p HD 3D camcorders entered the market. With the proliferation of file-based digital formats, the relationship between recording media and recording format has declined; video can be recorded onto different media. With tapeless formats, recording media are storage for digital files.
The duration of an exposure is referred to as shutter speed, often even in cameras that do not have a physical shutter, and is typically measured in fractions of a second. It is quite possible to have exposures from one up to several seconds, usually for still-life subjects, and for night scenes exposure times can be several hours. However, longer shutter speeds blur motion, and shorter shutter speeds freeze motion. Therefore, moving subjects require fast shutter speeds.
Camera phones have also been very useful to street photographers and social documentary photographers as they enable them to take pictures of strangers in the street without them noticing, thus allowing the artist/photographer to get close to her or his subjects and take more liveful photos. While most people are suspect of secret photography, artists who do street photography (like Henri Cartier-Bresson did), photojournalists and photographers documenting people in public (like the photographers who documented the Great Depression in 1930s America) must often work unnoticed as their subjects are often unwilling to be photographed or are not aware of legitimate uses of secret photography like those photos that end up in fine art galleries and journalism.
Just like D500, the EOS 7D Mark II borrows many of its features from its big brother, the EOS-1D X (that’s now been replaced by the EOS-1D X Mark II), bringing 10fps shooting and a professional autofocus system to the amateur market. Now you can shoot action and sports like the pros, but at a price within the reach of enthusiasts. The EOS 7D Mark II isn’t just a high-speed specialists, it’s a terrific all-round camera. It’s tough, with an alloy body and weather-sealed controls, it has a great sensor with an advanced dual-pixel hybrid autofocus system, and it’s a powerful video camera too.
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Overlooked factor is the angle camera shoots. You need that for selfies but makes forward shooting much more pleasant too. Here the Canon does poorly and I am thinking about switching from Canon to Panasonic because of that.
All the camcorders recorded acceptable sound, but the best by far was the V770K’s predecessor, the functionally identical V750K. With excellent stereo separation and a good balance between the subject and the ambient noise, it gave the strongest feeling of being in the middle of the action. It also has the neat trick of zooming the microphone as you zoom the lens, focusing in on the subject and lowering the surrounding sound. It works well and can make someone’s voice more audible in a crowd, separating it from the background noise. Panasonic labels this as a “5.1ch” microphone, and the camcorder can capture dolby digital 5.1-channel sound and the more standard 2-channel stereo sound.
Digital SLRs have may advantages compared to their film counter-parts. You get the digital workflow with instead previews and low usage costs. Taking thousands of images is easy with a digital. On the other hand, each roll of film costs money takes space and most be properly kept until developed (and after too).
Mohamed, I recommend looking at YouTube channels like Frugal Filmmaker and Indy Mogul for cheap and do-it-yourself lighting ideas. You will need to give a little thought to your set up (Google “three point lighting”) but you don’t have to spend a lot of money.
HTC RE HTC also announced an external camera module for smartphones, which can capture 16 MP still shots and Full HD videos. The RE Module is also waterproof and dustproof, so it can be used in a variety of conditions.